What’s in your food?

Food at Mercer Island School District cafeterias should be labeled with ingredient and nutritional value lists. Due to the presence of severe allergens and religious restrictions, this lack of labeling is unethical, and it is required by law that purchasable foods be labeled with ingredient and nutrition lists. According to Title 21: Food and Drugs of the Codified Federal Regulations, “When food is not in … Continue reading What’s in your food?

For Your Sweet Sixteen: A Driver’s License and Voter Registration?

Takoma Park, a Washington D.C. suburb, lowered the voting age to sixteen in municipal elections to encourage voter turnout and give educated young people a voice in their government. The first election with the lower voting age was a complete success — the new younger group of eligible citizens voted at twice the rate of people 18 and over. Voting age and voting rights have … Continue reading For Your Sweet Sixteen: A Driver’s License and Voter Registration?

An open letter to seniors with the ability to vote

In the upcoming election cycle, some members of the class of 2017 will be fortunate enough to cast their ballot. I myself would love to be one of those seniors, but my birthday is unfortunately the day after the election. Woohoo. Since the large majority of my class and I will not be 18 in time, I have a message for those who will be … Continue reading An open letter to seniors with the ability to vote

It’s not easy being green: carpools should receive parking priority

The overflowing parking “Strip” on 88th SE proves that too many MIHS students drive to school. Mercer Island High School Administrators should prioritize issuing parking permits to carpools to reduce MIHS’ carbon footprint as a green school. In 2009, the Mercer Island School District adopted a mission called the 2020 Vision that outlines a group of core values for their future. Fundamental Six states that … Continue reading It’s not easy being green: carpools should receive parking priority

School spirit and activism: you can do both

Today, Mercer Island High School has found itself in the unfortunate situation of holding a white-out spirit day on the Friday concluding a week-long demonstration in honor of the Black Lives Matter Movement within the Seattle Public School District. According to several MIHS leadership students, the white-out was planned weeks ago solely as a spirit day, without the knowledge of Seattle’s “consciousness-raising event.” The purpose … Continue reading School spirit and activism: you can do both

Citizens United ruling: why it’s not just the Supreme Court’s fault

Despite six years of trying, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have yet pass a constitutional amendment overturning the controversial Citizens United v Federal Election Committee decision. Back in 2010, a five to four majority of the Supreme Court established that corporations and unions were guaranteed the rights outlined in the First Amendment. The Court could not be allowed to limit a company’s independent campaign expenditures, which … Continue reading Citizens United ruling: why it’s not just the Supreme Court’s fault

A healthier source of happiness

Students in high school should recognize that “Doing something with your life” or “Being better than average” are not requirements to living happily. This attitude warps students’ definitions of success, leading to considerable stress and frustration as people struggle to be extraordinary and unique, or to pre-maturely determine a life path. Many see high school as an in-between stage, a transition from the familiarity of … Continue reading A healthier source of happiness

Family Over Finance

Contemporary society suffers from many afflictions, but all pale in comparison to untempered materialism. Society must turn away from the materialism of mass culture and focus on emotional connections and family values to attain a healthier and happier lifestyle. Popular culture has repeatedly romanticized gaining wealth and physical possessions through everything from televised dramas to music regardless of the means by which one measures that … Continue reading Family Over Finance

Is Hillary Clinton’s attempt at youth appeal working?

Beginning with the announcement of her campaign on YouTube last April, Hillary Clinton’s run for president has been filled with promises and scandals. Amid all this, her most important tactic is her use of pop culture references. Compared to the 2008 election when Clinton’s team ridiculed how Obama’s young and loudmouthed following only superficially supported him, she seems determined to win the youth vote this … Continue reading Is Hillary Clinton’s attempt at youth appeal working?